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Transcript of The Hobbit
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
nor yer a dry, bare, sandy hole
with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat:
Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole,
filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell,
II. Roast mutton
"Don't be a fool, Bilbo Baggins!" he said to himself, "thinking of dragons and all that outlandish nonsense at your age!"
III. A short rest
"Is that The Mountain?" asked Bilbo in a solemn voice, looking at it with round eyes.
He had never seen a thing that looked so big before.
IV. Over hill and under hill
Gandalf & Bilbo
"Stand by the grey stone
when the trush knocks
and the setting sun
with the last light of Durin's Day
will shine upon the key-hole"
The Misty mountains
"five feet high the door
and three may walk abreast"
V. Riddles in the dark
When Bilbo opened his eyes,
he wondered if he had;
for it was just as dark as with them shut.
No one was anywhere near him.
Just imagine his fright!
He could hear nothing, see nothing, and he could feel nothing except the stone on the floor.
What has roots that nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down
All was well, until one day
they met a thunderstorm -
more than a thunderstorm,
a thunder battle.
VI. Out of the frying-pan
into the fire
"And here's the burglar!"
said Bilbo stepping down
into the middle of them,
and slipping off the ring.
VII. Queer lodgings
He is a skin-changer.
He changes his skin:
sometimes he is a huge black bear,
sometimes he is a great strong black-haired man
with huge arms and a great beard.
VIII. Flies and spiders
Bilbo tried flapping his hand in front of his nose,
but he could not see it at all.
Well, perhaps it is not true to say that they could see nothing:
they could see eyes.
IX. Barrels out of bond
Inside the passages were lit
with red torch-light,
and the elf-guards sang
as they marched along the twisting,
crossing and echoing paths.
X. A warm welcome
The Lonely Mountain!
Bilbo had come far and through many adventures to see it,
and now he did not like the look of it in the least.
XI. On the doorstep
There was little grass, and before long
there was neither bush nor tree,
and only broken and blackened stumps
to speak of ones long vanished.
They were come to the Desolation of the Dragon,
and they were come at the waning of the year.
XII. Inside information
As he went forward it grew and grew,
till there was no doubt about it.
It was a red light
steadily getting redder and redder.
XIII. Not at home
I have been that way twice,
when I knew there was
a dragon at the other end,
so I will risk a third visit
when I am no longer sure.
XIV. Fire and water
a great light appeared
in the low place in the hills
and the northern end of the lake
"The King beneath the Mountain!"
XV. The gathering of the clouds
He was getting blind,
he could hardly fly,
and the top of his head was bald.
He was an aged raven of great size.
XVI. A thief in the night
Now the days passes slowly and wearily.
Many of the dwarves spent their time piling and ordering the treasure,
and now Thorin spoke of
the Arkenstone of Thrain,
and bade them eagerly
to look for it in every corner.
XVII. The clouds burst
A company of twenty was approaching.
At the beginning of the narrow way they laid aside sword and spear,
and came on towards the Gate.
XVIII. The return journey
When Bilbo came to himself,
he was literally by himself.
He was lying on the flat stones of Ravenhill,
and no one was near.
XIX. The last stage
Then the elves of the valley
came out and greeted them
and led them across the water
to the house of Elrond.
"You don't really suppose, do you, at all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your soul bene-fit?
You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!"
"Thank goodness!" said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco-jar.
or There and Back Again
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)
The Hobbit (1937)
The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)
Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English)
at the University of Oxford
World War I
According to his own account, one day when he was engaged in the soul-destroying task of marking examination papers, he discovered that one candidate had left one page of an answer-book blank. On this page, moved by who knows what anarchic daemon, he wrote: